Aegina – Paleochora

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Apr 01 2018

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Category: Europe, Greece


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The old town of Aegina had always been at the coast of the island, next to the harbour where it is situated now again. But in the 9th century the town was shifted inland where it could be defended better against the attacks of the Saracens. In the 18th century there were still 400 houses and many churches but soon after, in early 19th century, the inhabitants moved back to the coast. The place of the abandoned town is called Paleochora and all that’s left is some ruins, except for a few of the small Byzantine churches that have been restored.

Some of the churches still have old frescoes on the walls, or traces of frescoes, and from time to time one can come across orthodox Christian pilgrims on a visit.

Photos of the week: Orthodox churches in Paleochora, Aegina, Greece 2013

2 comments on “Aegina – Paleochora”

  1. How nice to be brought back to this lovely visit we had together in Paleachora!


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